Wendell Green is headed for La Lumiere, a prep school in LaPorte, Indiana, to continue his basketball career.
Green, a 5-foot-11 point guard, started his first two years at Detroit Country Day and was expected to be among The News' top-10 players heading into his junior season.
“It’s a great opportunity to play nationally and play with great players,” Green, 16, said on his decision. “I had never thought of going to a prep school before, but when the opportunity came last week and the coach (Patrick Holmes) called me, it was like an opportunity I couldn’t pass up on.
“Pat Holmes called my dad (Wendell Green Sr.) and told him he liked how I played. He watched me play AAU ball when I was playing for the Michigan Playmakers. I’ll be moving in on Sunday. It’s tough because I’ll be leaving my family two years earlier than expected, be leaving my friends and everything, but I have to make a sacrifice.”
Green, who had a 3.0 grade-point-average, joined a pair of freshmen last season to help Country Day to a 17-7 record, falling to Romeo Weems and New Haven in the Class B regional final.
Country Day coach Mark Bray had nothing but praise for Green, who averaged 19.5 points, eight assists and seven rebounds last season and earned a spot on The News Class B third-team all-state last year.
“He was a phenomenal player, a great point guard, on pace to become the third player in school history to be a four-year all-state player,” Bray said. “We loved him dearly. It’s been a joy in my life to have him as a student and as a player. I can’t say enough about how much we support him and love him and he’ll always be welcome at Country Day.”
Green said he has offers from Eastern Michigan, Detroit and Oakland and said Mississippi coaches plan to travel to LaPorte to talk with him in September.
Former Michigan State star Jaren Jackson, who was picked fourth overall by Memphis in this past summer’s NBA Draft, and Brian Bowen (Saginaw Arthur Hill) played for La Lumiere in the past few years.